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More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population.

The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – […]

November 14th, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, High Blood Pressure, Scientific Sessions 2017, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on More than half of all African-Americans have high blood pressure under new diagnostic guidelines

Many U.S. Latinos aren’t familiar with lifesaving device

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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ANAHEIM, California — One in four U.S. Latinos have never heard of a portable device available in many public places that can help save someone whose heart has stopped, new research shows.

That’s compared to 4 percent of whites who were unfamiliar with automated […]

North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jasmine Harris had a stroke six months before her high school graduation.

It started with a headache a couple days before Christmas. The family from Raleigh, North Carolina, had spent the day volunteering so her mother, La’Wana Harris, assumed her 17-year-old daughter was just tired.

But the […]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, caregiver, Children, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why.

The result is […]

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

Her heart touched by social issues, doctor turns ‘probing scientific mind’ to peripheral artery disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Aruna Pradhan, M.D., grew up in the 1970s in Selma, Alabama, when the small Southern city was tending to wounds from its years of racial unrest.

She was bothered by things she saw and even experienced as a teenager, but she was not sure just what […]

How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the Great Recession left the U.S. economy in turmoil, the financial crisis also delivered a blow to the health of African-American teens, a new study finds.

The risk of metabolic syndrome, a common cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, was found to be […]

September 6th, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Research|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How the Great Recession impacted the health of black teens

Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It’s a well-known problem: People with high blood pressure aren’t great about taking their meds as prescribed. But a new study finds the solution may be as simple as a meaningful conversation.

Researchers found low-income patients with high blood pressure are much more likely to take […]

August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, High Blood Pressure, Patients, Research|Tags: , |Comments Off on Meaningful conversation could help patients take blood pressure meds

What we know so far from the biggest study of cardiovascular health in African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Montoya Taylor, M.D., attended medical school at Brown University in the mid-2000s and heard a lot about an influential study in the small town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Now spanning three generations of mostly white participants, the Framingham Heart Study is largely responsible for the current […]

Video featuring Shanti Das to be shown at film festival

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A video featuring former music industry executive Shanti Das will be shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival on Wednesday. The festival highlights notable feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans worldwide.

Take Me Home is a series of 12-minute mini-documentaries featuring influencers […]

August 8th, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, Healthy Living, multicultural|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Video featuring Shanti Das to be shown at film festival

First heart attacks more deadly for black patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Blacks are twice as likely as whites to die from their first heart event, a new study shows. Preventing a first heart attack may therefore be more crucial for blacks, researchers said.

“Our concern is that blacks may not be seeking medical attention for important symptoms that […]